Is Union finance minister Arun Jaitley critically ill? It is being reported that he has been flown to London for emergency treatment from All India Institute of Medical Sciences on Saturday. In view of his critical health, it is also being reported that his son's wedding date has been preponed to June 4. The wedding too is likely to happen in London.
Jaitley, a diabetic, had a kidney transplant a few years ago. But, his condition continued to remain critical and had been admitted to the hospital a fortnight ago. In view of his frail health, he did not contest the Lok Sabha elections this time and did not campaign for the party. However, he had been active on the social media and blogged till a few days ago. As late as Friday, he held a meeting with his officials in the finance ministry to discuss the state of economy.
Sources say that he may not be able to work as the Finance Minister in view of his health and either Amit Shah or Piyush Goel cold take over as the Minister of Finance. Jaitley has been one of the closest friends of Narendra Modi and had backed him during the 2002 riots. He was Gujarat incharge for the BJP for many years when Modi was its chief minister.